• NL Architects (Pieter Bannenberg, Walter Van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse, and Mark Linnemann), Cruise City, City Cruise, 2003, color photograph.

    “Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye”

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

    The fact that tourism is “the largest industry in the world” is trumpeted several times in the opening pages of the catalogue for “Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist’s Eye,” curated by Francesco Bonami and featuring more than seventy artists from nearly thirty countries. Given that museums themselves compete in this industry, usually by throwing millions at brand-name architectural add-ons while lining up blockbuster exhibitions of designer evening wear and laying off staff, the decision to make tourism the subject of curatorial investigation would seem a welcome instance of

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  • Tracy Nakayama

    Bodybuilder & Sportsman

    Vintage porn might be the last place one would expect to encounter Arcadia, but Tracy Nakayama unequivocally positions it there. Her seemingly endless series of sepia ink drawings on paper (twenty-three were shown here) are taken from the erotica of what seemed a simpler and more innocent moment of staged intimacy and are so sympathetic to their source that they approach homage. Nakayama focuses primarily on images from sex magazines whose purpose was often speciously presented as sociological, and whose softcore aesthetic is adaptable to her feminist approach (male models, for example, are

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